Swedish/Edmonds opens new cancer center in south county

  • HBJ Staff
  • Thursday, March 28, 2013 8:45am

EDMONDS — Swedish Health Services opened a new outpatient cancer center at the Edmonds campus on April 1 in response to the growing need for medical oncology and infusion (chemotherapy) services in the south Snohomish and north King County area.

The two-story, 17,102-square-foot facility is designed to care for as many as 175 patients each day and provide increased access to cancer-care services for people living in the area.

“The number of people turning to Swedish/Edmonds for their cancer treatment has grown over the last decade,” said Richard McGee, M.D., one of five Swedish Cancer Institute medical oncologists who will practice at the new center. “This new facility will allow us to offer enhanced care to a growing population.”

The center, which is located at 21632 Highway 99 in Edmonds, will provide high-quality and comprehensive medical oncology services to patients through an infusion unit, laboratory, pharmacy, and access to Swedish’s electronic medical record system. As a hospital-based department, patients will also have access to social work, support groups, American Cancer Society navigation and resources, financial counseling, cancer-specific patient education classes, and an education/resource wall.

The Swedish Cancer Institute has a longstanding history of bringing high-quality treatments, services and expertise closer to home for people affected by cancer. The new center at Swedish/Edmonds is the newest addition to the institute’s network of community-based cancer centers located throughout the Puget Sound area. Other SCI sites include downtown Seattle, Ballard, Bellevue, Issaquah and Burien.

“Providing excellent care starts with improving access,” said Dr. Thomas Brown, executive director of Swedish Cancer Institute. “New centers such as this one at Swedish/Edmonds will help ensure patients in our communities have continued convenient access to the highest quality cancer care available.”

As a nonprofit health-care provider, Swedish has accepted support from the community to help fund a portion of the $10.9 million center. Many community and business leaders have united to expand cancer services at Swedish/Edmonds, raising $220,000 for the project. Philanthropy will continue to play a key role in helping ensure local patients facing a cancer diagnosis have access to the highest quality care, technologies and a broad array of support services.

The new cancer center at Swedish/Edmonds will open for community tours from 4 to 7 p.m. April 17.